Monday, 23 September 2013

CFC115 - Fall Colours and a Leaf


Another challenge I haven't played with for a long time is CAS-ual Fridays. This week's challenge is to use autumn colours and a leaf. I chose a leaf from Paper Smooches to create this lotus blossom of autumn colours, one of my favourite Michael's sentiments and a copper brad. It actually took an embarrassingly long time to make this card - when you're relying on stamping to be the focal point of your card, it's got to be placed in the right spot (I started with a much larger white panel and then cut it down bit by bit until I was happy with where it sat on the card) and it's got to be stamped perfectly - every little flaw becomes very, very visible!

Here in Toronto, our leaves are just starting to turn. It's been a strangely cool and wet summer, so it will be interesting to see if that impacts the show of glorious-ness that we usually get in October.

24 comments:

Darnell J Knauss said...

You always seem to perfectly hit that sweet spot with your focal points, Ardy, and there are never any flaws that I can see!! Love this!

Hannelie said...

Oh my. This is just fabulously Ardyth!

Tracey McNeely said...

Stunning Ardyth!

Lyndal said...

The layered ombre leaves look FABULOUS Ardyth!

Lynn said...

Well..the time was well spent Ardyth! This is a beauty!

Ellen said...

Ardyth this card is absolutely stunning! I always love your clean, graphic cards.

Happy Dance said...

This was definitely worth the time it took. It is absolutely gorgeous. The little copper brad is the perfect touch. Oh, heck...the whole card is perfect! Bev

Jane said...

Just so brilliant, another stunning card!

JoAnn Ross said...

That is stunning! The ombre leaves, the touch of brad, the placement. Everything's perfect and well worth the time and effort you spent!

And you're right about it being so much more difficult. Although I've never been much for extra embellishments, I've just started working on learning how to make CAS cards after becoming comfortable with layering designer papers, and I suspect many people don't realize how much more of a challenge it is when you really have to narrow your focus. Like taking War and Peace and turning it into a haiku. :)

kth said...

Love this! Gradient & graphic!

mypapercraftworld said...

Wow, that was time well spent, Ardyth ... the colours are gorgeous, I love all the space and it's so flawlessly stunning! Perfect! Anita :)

Deborah Frings said...

This is simply fab!

Kelly Griglione said...

A bouquet of fall leaves ... gorgeous! It's also very reminiscent of turkey feathers with these fall colors and the brad in the middle. I think this card would look just as good turned to the right (with the leaves on top and sentiment going sideways). Guess that's an indication of good design, right?! So glad to see you at CAS-ual Fridays!

Cheryl said...

Wow Ardyth... So creative and bold. Awesome.

Jen said...

What a great visual image those leaves are. And they pair so well with the big sentiment.

Barb Ghig said...

Absolutely gorgeous card, Ardyth! I love how you stamped the leaf and your CAS design is stunning!

Geri said...

Stunning results! It would appear that it was time well spent as you have once again produced a perfectly flawless creation! The ombre shades are so pretty. The copper brad really anchors the image!

Sylvia Blum said...

Absolutely stunning and brilliant in its simplicity! LOVE it, Ardyth!

Thank you so much for playing along with us at CAS-ual Fridays!
Sylvia xx

Jenny said...

Simple and so eye-catching..... you are so right about needing perfect stamping and as always you have achieved it here :0)

Bonnie said...

So simple yet stunning!

Lindsey said...

LOVE this! I knew it was yours as soon as I saw it among all the entries. It's simply perfect.

Chriss Blagrave said...

Love this Ardyth! Perfect colours, stamping and proportions.

Jingle said...

This is amazing. This is brilliant. You are amazing. You are brilliant. Thanks so much for joining us over at CAS-ual Fridays!

Cindy Brumbaugh said...

CAS isn't as easy as it would seem is true! I am thinking turkey day for this autumn card! Perfectly stamped!